Sep 11, 2010 12:12pm EDT
saying something to the effect that this act of terrorism will not stand. he used the phrase, "will not stand." i turned to my colleague from the pentagon and said that was exactly what the president's father said when saddam hussein invaded kuwait. he was not famous for coining phrases. he made one or two. "no new taxes" was one of them. [laughter] i remember his extremely strong and and characteristic statement that the invasion of kuwait would not stand. a said to myself it was a remarkable coincidence the president would use precisely that phrase. it was a phrase that connoted war. i still did not confirm anything to the press. the president's statement made it clear that something terrible had happened in new york. what happened then was my team spent the evening -- it is a typical thing in useful for journalists to know this. when something like this happens, a major event happens, very often you will get more current information from watching television and listening to the press and you will from the intelligence services. the reason for that is that there are more journalists.